Hike to the only tin mine ever in the United States. Small quantities of tin were produced in the Franklin mountains in the early 1900s. Founded in 1909 and operated by the El Paso Tin Mining and Smelting Company, the mine quickly proved unsuccessful; work was stopped in 1915 after the project failed to yield enough tin and was declared uneconomical. As you hike, learn about the structure and formation of the Franklin Mountains, the geological history that played a significant role in the creation of tin, and the history and excavation of the old tin mine. Meet in the parking lot of Chuck Heinrich Park. (MAP) This is an easy hike but is 6.6-miles round trip. It is dog friendly. Bring plenty of water, snacks or a lunch, wear sunscreen and wear a hat and sturdy footgear.
For more information, contact your field trip leader, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences, Jason W. Ricketts, firstname.lastname@example.org.